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A South African in UK builds first BBQ smoker
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BurnBern
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PostPosted: Sun May 22 16 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi to all and its time for an update.

The smoker was on hold for a bit as my mom passed away and I had to take care of family matters. My sister and brother flew out from SA and it was good to see them. Pity about the circumstances though, but such is life and we have to carry on regardless.
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PostPosted: Sun May 22 16 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here are the photo updates


end caps welded on



Throat to CC cut as per calculations of feldon



door cut and yes i did hear the dreaded "ping". I haven't tried the door to see if it did warp . Hopefully not!



Fb with throat cut out and all welded up. Also the red arrow points to a sacrificial plate that i installed. Th FB is upside down for now






These 2 photos just show the intake s that I cut out using a cutting wheel for a 125mm angle grinder





also just a couple of pics of the coal/log basket








I made a kind of tray that the basket needs to sit on or I can make the fire on the bars without using the basket. I can't believe that it took 6meters of reid bar to make it




some pics of the basket in place front and side view




me having a braai ( Afrikaans word for BBQ ) at the end of the day. If you are wondering yes it is a washing machine drum cut down with a webber grill that I found when we moved into our house.


There has been a lot more done since these photos were taken. I will post some more pics in the week. Thanks for looking and a big thanks to all for their help and input!
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PostPosted: Sun May 22 16 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you're making some really nice progress BurnBern. Things are starting to come together. Sorry to hear about your mom.
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PostPosted: Sun May 22 16 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BurnBern Very sorry for your loss. I like what you have going on, very sturdy and getting heavier with every piece you add Wink Won't be long now you are getting close to putting a fire in there Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01 16 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all things are picking up in pace now! I will post some more pics soon.

So I finished the FB and now ready to weld it to the CC but before I do that should I make a fire in the cc to clean it and burn the paint off the outside? Should I wait until I've finished everything and then make the fire in it before I paint?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01 16 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Condolences to you and your family BurnBern.
Your cooker is looking great I look forward to seeing some more pics. Very Happy
The problem with burning a hot enough fire in the chamber to burn off exterior paint is you will get it hotter than normal and may cause some warping of your door and what not. If the paint on the outside is commercial you may get by with just cleaning it up some and painting over it with your top coat.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23 16 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi to all I will be posting some pics this weekend. But I need some advice. I'm almost ready to put the door onto the CC.

But is there anything that I need to watch out for so as to avoid any mistakes.
The hinges I'm using are 3" chain links used for escalators. Do I weld the edging on first ( before I fit it0 or after the cc door has been welded on.
How much clearance should there be so that the door doesn't bind when I open it.
Thanks in advance Bern
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24 16 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BurnBern I used a boiler chain on my build and I put it in a slight tee pee configuration and have no binding at all. I also put my seals on first. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25 17 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started on my build again and done a fair bit on it. I will post some pictures soon. I'm really excited as I will be smoking soon on it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04 17 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello one and all here are the pictures of my build so far. I have made the grate rails and the tuning plates also but they are inside the cooker. I will show the pics of them after I've put the hinges on.

About the hinges as you will see i have some heavy duty chain from an escalator that I'm planning on using. What are your thoughts about how, where to place them and what should I keep in mind before welding them on. I have shown in the pics some ideas about positioning them.

There are some pic of my novice welding. What do you think all help is appreciated.
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